Plants, People, and Community

Faculty

Erico SchleicherErico Schleicher, LAc, MAcOM

Erico is a practicing herbalist and acupuncturist. He has been discovering and working with plant medicines since 1994. His studies with Michael R.S. Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine put him on a path towards regional, accessible, empowering herbalism based on traditional principles. Upon moving to Oregon, he studied Chinese Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and he has been doing clincal work with patients in Portland since 2003.

Erico is deeply committed to sustainable directions for community health, with a site devoted to community herbalism. www.communityherbalism.com

Erico finds that when we work seasonally with locally available plants that have discovered how to thrive in our bioregion, we learn to perceive the many voices that teach us how to integrate our own health into the life of the land around us.

Erico’s herbalism workshops have been featured at the Breitenbush Herbal Conference, The Portland Plant Medicine Gathering, The Dandelion Seed Conference, the Northwest Herbal Fair, Tryon Life Community Farm and the Montana Herb Gathering

Erico has served on the Board of Trustees of Tryon Life Community Farm, and The Olympia Free Herbal Clinic, and the Oregon Acupuncture Association.

 

Kim KelseyKim Kelsey, FNP

Kim is a plant lover, nurse, and singer. She grew up exploring the woods and beaches of Washington State on the Puget Sound. Throughout her childhood Kim was intrigued by plants and their uses as medicine. Following her interests, Kim studied botany and ecology at The Evergreen State College. Later, she chose nursing as her healing discipline, drawn by its person-centered and holistic approach.  Kim is now a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and sees patients at Hand On Medicine, an integrated primary care practice in North Portland.

Kim is a founder of the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine. She has created a unique anatomy and physiology course for herbalists that entwines her knowledge of plant medicine with her understanding of the human body. Kim’s work with the school also includes teaching songs and fostering a culture of music in the program. Music is a traditional part of healing work, and Kim has witnessed how singing together can open new ways of understanding ourselves and strengthen community. Kim learned many of her songs from singers at the Singing Alive gathering in Cascadia. Kim continues to explore her love for plants through gardening, wildcrafting, photography, and medicine making.

 Lisa Anne Ross

Lisa Anne Ross is a life lover and in the forest you may find her kissing flowers, inhaling the aroma of soil, and singing songs of praise. She studied herbalism at the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine in 2010 and the School of Forest Medicine in 2011 and has been growing her relationships with the plants of the Pacific Northwest ever since. She is dedicated to being in service to the Earth and bringing the messages of the plants into the world by helping individuals cultivate relationships with their plant allies. In her private practice journey from seed  she uses plant spirit medicine and intuitive energy work to facilitate healing and guide people into their own place of deep knowing.

Lisa Anne is in awe of the mystery and wonder of this world and her place in it, and grateful to have an opportunity to walk her path amidst people committed to learning and healing.

Gradey Proctor is a botanist who has spent the last dozen years teaching plants and ecosystems as Forest Watch Coordinator for Bark, and is co-founder of the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies. His training comes from apprenticing at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies, years of monitoring forests in the Pacific Northwest, working on a CSA farm, and the Kamana naturalist program. A native of places without intact ecosystems, Gradey has spent the last 15 years falling in love with the Northwest, and continually striving to build relationships with his environment. His passion is in finding new ways to keep healthy forests and healthy people one and the same.

When not being a plant nerd you will find him playing games with his daughters, feeding his chickens, digging in the garden, or plotting a better world with his partner Rhea.

 Elise Krohn

Elise Krohn, M.Ed. is an educator, author, herbalist, and native foods specialist in the Pacific Northwest. She is committed to cultivating healing relationships between people, plants, place and cultural traditions. During her 15 years of experience teaching in tribal communities, she has worked with elders and cultural specialists to create successful community gardens, food sovereignty resources, a program on healing addiction, and curricula on chronic disease prevention. Through leading ‘train the trainers’ workshops, Elise has multiplied the number of educators who are teaching about native foods and herbal medicines in tribal communities. She also has over 10 years of experience as a clinical herbalist, and has authored two books and numerous articles on this and related topics. Elise is currently a Fellow in Ethnobotany and Ethnonutrition at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. Her blog can be found at www.wildfoodsandmedicines.com.

 

Kelly Hogan is the new Administrative Assistant at the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine.  She is also the Director of the Living Laboratory program at the Portland Waldorf School.  She is a co-founder and former teacher and director of Mother Earth School – a year-round outdoor immersion school program on urban forested farms in Portland city limits.  Since 2010, she has also been teaching Permaculture Teacher Trainings for educators.  With a passion for ethics-based, nature-infused education, she brings her love of the environment into her career as well as her personal life.  A mother of two teenagers, she greatly enjoys family time, gardening, animal tracking and Theater of the Oppressed.

Scott Kloos is a Plant Medicine Practitioner, Medicine Maker, and Wildcrafter, and has been studying and researching the native plants of the Pacific NW since the late 90′s. In addition to many years of self-study, he completed the 1999 Herbal Apprenticeship Program at the Herb Pharm in Williams, OR, and in 2000, he attended a nine-month Community Herbalist Training Program with Christopher Hobbs. In 2009, he studied Traditional Western Herbalism: An Intuitive and Energetic Approach with Matthew Wood in Portland, OR.

He spent seven years studying the human psyche (his own and others) in Paul Levy’s Awakening in the Dream group. Paul’s unique synthesis of the Dzogchen School of Tibetan Buddhism, Western Alchemy, Jungian Psychology, the Dreambody Psychology of Arnold Mindell, and shamanism deeply shaped his view of the world and his approach to healing and working with plants.

He is the owner of Cascadia Folk Medicine, which produces small batch herbal extracts from the native plants of the region. In his healing practice he works with the psycho-spiritual aspects of plant medicine and leads weekly Plant Teacher classes exploring the physical and psycho-spiritual properties of the plants of the Pacific Northwest. He is the founder of The School of Forest Medicine in Portland, OR, and a faculty member of the School of Traditional Western Herbalism.

 

Dr. Kathryn Kloos, N.D.Dr. Kathryn Kloos, N.D. has been immersed in the healing arts for over ten years. She is a naturopathic physician, herbalist, and licensed massage therapist. In 2003 she graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA with a bachelor’s degree in Herbal Sciences and completed the Massage Therapy Program at Brenneke School of Massage.

After completing the Herbal Sciences Program at Bastyr University, she spent 3 months in a small village in the Brazilian Amazon studying traditional healing practices with the Barca da Saúde (Boat of Health), a non-profit organization that distributes herbal medicines to impoverished peoples of the Brazilian Amazon basin. While there she also studied Amazonian Flower Essence Therapy with Maria Alice Campos Freire, of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. In 2010 she graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Her practice, Water of Life Natural Health, incorporates therapeutic bodywork, botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and mind-body therapies to treat both acute and chronic disease.

Flower alchemist Camilla Blossom entered a profound rebirthing process in 1994 after the homebirth of her son. Flower essences became her primary medicine to heal, reclaim, and awaken her divine feminine and mothering nature.

Since 2000, Camilla has been creating flower essences with the Devas of the Columbia River Gorge (Washington, Oregon) and Hawaii. Her flower essences and aromatherapy products, 3 Flowers Healing (since 1997), enjoy an international following.

Camilla is an Intuitive, Empath, Flower Essence Practitioner/Educator, Reiki Master, Vibrational Healer & Certified Aromatherapist. She is author of “Listening to the Wildflowers: A Flower Whisperer’s Guide to the Columbia River Gorge Flower Essences” and has taught at Birthingway College of MidwiferyNew Renaissance (Portland, Oregon), East West (Seattle) and many other venues.

 

Heron Brae

 

 

Jeff Johnson

 

 

Brunem Warshaw

Brunem Warshaw (prev. Tinder) is a clinical herbalist and wellness educator who combines both western and energetic approaches to support people in healing themselves with the assistance of plant medicines. Brunem studied with the Elderberry School in 2011 and with the Blue Otter School in 2015. Their commitment to health justice and understanding the politicization of wellness was confirmed while organizing with the Rosehip Medic Collective for several years alongside working as a caregiver for people experiencing poverty, addiction, mental illness, physical disability, and life with AIDS. Brunem brings a radical queer lens to their work and values ancestral reconnection magic in their practice as an herbalist. They are eager to learn more about gardening medicinals and to further develop their offerings as an educator.

 

 

Bryce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elisa Finos Elisa has been working with the plants of the Cascadia bioregion since 2014 when she began her dive into the plant world with the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine. She strives to understand all she can about the dynamic world of earth medicine, from communion with plant spirits and elemental forces to how they express within and throughout our bodies. Elisa continued her studies with the School of Forest Medicine to deepen her relationship to the forest beings of this land. She is working at the NUNM herbal medicinary and building a holistic practice that brings connection to self through connection to the forces of nature. Elisa can usually be found burying herself in wild plants, singing, writing, and speaking in strange voices to her cat.

 

 

Carla David has been a plant-lover since her first apprenticeship on an organic farm nearly 10 years ago. Since then, she has apprenticed with herbalists and worked as a gardener, seed-saver, teacher and winemaker. Making wines for the past 5 years as a hobby, she has recently gotten her winery license to produce and distribute Wild Wines. Her passion is to be found anywhere in the great outdoors, preferably with friends, harvesting, gathering, or merry-making amidst the plants, trees and critters.